What is Biomedical Research?
The goal and purpose of Biomedical Research is to discover and observe biological processes in order to better develop therapies. Biomedical Research methods range from predictive studies to those that involve whole living organisms. Areas include: Non-human animal models, In-vitro techniques using cells and tissues from humans, animals and even plants. Studying microorganisms or “Microbes” such as bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi can give us clues to makes important discoveries.
Why use animals for research?
Virtually every major medical breakthrough of the last century has depended on using animals as a research model. Animals serve as surrogates in the investigation of human diseases and have yielded valuable data in the way of treating, curing and preventing diseases. We at Texas Biomed focus on the use of using non-human primates which comprises of less than 1% of all Biomedical Research in the world.
Check out the Southwest National Primate Research Center Page for more information about our animals.
What does Biosafety Level laboratory mean?
Texas Biomed is home to BSL2, BSL3 and a BSL4 laboratories. Biosafety levels directly correlate to the amount of protection and safety you need to work inside of that laboratory, depending on the specific pathogen or microbe you are working with. Bsl2 acts as the lowest level of the lab containment and BSl4 is the highest. These labs allow scientists to safely and efficiently research the world’s transmissible pathogens like Ebola, Malaria, HIV and Tuberculosis.
Check out our High Containment Video on YouTube!